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State Board of Education Releases New School Reopening Guidance

District 109 Families, Staff & Community:

Today, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released Part 3 guidance detailing recommendations for resuming instruction in the fall. This guidance is serving as a cornerstone of the school reopening planning currently being undertaken by the district’s Reopening Committee. The state is recommending every effort be made to resume in-person instruction this upcoming school year. It is District 109’s intent to open schools, as long as we can do so safely by meeting the guidelines published by ISBE/IDPH. Here is a link to the state's complete document available for review now.

This guidance was released to the public and to districts at the same time, so our committee members are reviewing every measure needed to ensure a safe learning environment for our students. We don’t have answers to every question you may have right now, but we will be sure to communicate with you further as the plan is developed.

There are two outlets for you to let us know what you think. We have an email address (reopening@dps109.org) where you can communicate your thoughts and questions regarding a return to school in 2020-21. Also, tomorrow (Wednesday 6/24), there will be a virtual community meeting at 7 p.m. to update you on our work. You can find a link to that Zoom meeting here.

We are working hard to do what’s best for our students and our community, and appreciate you working with us to make a possible return to the classroom the safest it can be for our students.

Dr. John Filippi
Chairman, District 109 School Reopening Committee